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Evo Morales at UNSC: US, Trump Not Interested in Democracy

  • Bolivia's President Evo Morales (C) walk in Manhattan, New York.

    Bolivia's President Evo Morales (C) walk in Manhattan, New York. | Photo: Reuters

Published 26 September 2018

"The U.S. doesn't care about democracy. If it did, it wouldn't threaten democratic countries with military intervention," Morales said.

Listing the several military interventions by the United States around the world over the past few decades, the Bolivian president said, speaking at the United Nations Security Council Wednesday, the U.S. and particularly the government of Donald Trump were not interested in democracy or peace.

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"In recent months, the United States has demonstrated its contempt for international law and multilateralism. It constantly invades countries and launches missiles. The U.S. is not interested in justice or democracy," Morales told the leaders of the 15 member states of the U.N. Security Council.

The Security Council meeting was summoned by President Trump to discuss Iran and the nuclear deal from which the U.S. withdrew without European support. 

In his first statements, President Morales recalled that the U.S. orchestrated a coup in Iran back in the 1950s. "In 1953 the U.S. financed, organized, and executed a coup against a democratically-elected government that, in an exercise of its sovereignty, nationalized oil. Then, for decades, they supported an authoritarian government that allowed oil profit to benefit transnational companies," Morales said.  

The Bolivian president showed his support to Iran and warned that the U.S. has used the menace of weapons of mass destruction to invade countries and seize natural resources. "The first aggression was the illegal invasion of Iraq using the lie that the country had weapons of mass destruction. That invasion left over one million deaths," Morales argued.   

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Evo Morales, an ally of the Venezuelan government and a detractor of U.S. interventionism, used history to discredit the Trump administration and its reiterated threats to Venezuela. "Every time the U.S. invades countries, launches missiles, or finances regime change, it does it with a propaganda campaign claiming it is in the name of justice, freedom, democracy, human rights, or humanitarian concern," Morales argued. 

The U.S. and its regional and international allies have led an economic offensive in the form of economic and financial sanctions deepening the economic crisis Venezuela is facing since international oil prices plummeted in 2013. The Venezuelan government has argued these sanctions, sponsored by the U.S. and endorsed by the European Union, are the root cause for the economic situation and have rejected humanitarian aid claiming they are facing an economic and not a humanitarian problem. 

Recent statements by U.S. authorities on the viability of a "military option" have been justified as an attempt to help the "people of Venezuela to restore democracy."

As further proof of the U.S. general disregard for human rights and multilateralism, Morales condemned the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council, to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city of Jerusalem, and the separation of thousands of immigrant children from their relatives at the U.S.-Mexico border.  

The Bolivian head of state also hailed Russia, France, the United Kingdon, and China for supporting multilateralism and called on them to join efforts to work towards a "multipolar" world. 

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